Lesson Plan

Comparing Meaning and Tone: The Fall of Saigon in Fiction and Informational Text

In this lesson students will make distinctions between historical fiction and informational text. This lesson features a transcript of a radio broadcast titled, “Forgotten Ship: A Daring Rescue as Saigon Fell."
Jonathan S.
Classroom teacher
The Science and Medicine Middle School
Brooklyn, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
  • I can make inferences to deepen my understanding of Inside Out & Back Again.
  • I can cite evidence from the poem “Saigon Is Gone” to explain the fall of Saigon and the emotional impact of this news on Ha and the other characters in the novel.
  • I can analyze the word choices of two texts about the fall of Saigon and describe how that word choice contributes to the tone and meaning of each text.
  • I can participate in discussions about the text with a partner, small group, and whole class.
Social Studies
Grades 8
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Student Instructions

Warm Up

Explain What is happening in the photograph. What are they doing and for what reasons?

Review of learning targets

Read the last two stanzas of “Saigon is Gone” on page 69.

Based on what we read in “The Vietnam Wars” article (p. 13), why is the news that Saigon is gone something that no one wants to hear?